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History Lecture: “Slavery, Freedom and Mutiny on the ‘Black Prince’” by Dr. Jim Sweet

Many thanks to Dr. Jim Sweet from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who gave a stimulating and inspiring World History talk to an attentive audience at STU.

“In January 1769, the crew of the British slave ship “Black Prince” murdered their officers a few hundred miles off the West African coast, changed the name of the ship to “Liberty,” elected new officers and set sail for Brazil. Riven by petty jealousies and mistrust, some crew members were abandoned in Brazil and the Caribbean; others were murdered; and a handful survived shipwreck on Hispaniola before fleeing to Suriname, Boston, New York and London.

Dr. Jim Sweet of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will use the history of the “Black Prince” mutineers to reflect on broader issues related to the study of World History. <more>

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